Ah, here we are. This is the year we all are finally saying goodbye to Windows 7, and moving towards the world of Windows 10. But what does this mean for all those who still have Windows 7 on their machines?
Rest in Peace Windows 7
Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to celebrate the life of a dear friend, Windows 7. As we lay it to rest, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the life’s journey of this operating system.
Windows 7 had a great run from October 22, 2009 to January 14th, 2020. Although it wasn’t the fastest or most secure thing in our lives many now feel the absence of a dear friend. This is mostly due to the dozens of people freaking out and wondering what happened to Windows 7. So now, many are attempting to fill the void with someone new, like Windows 10.
Now that Windows 7 has officially left us, let us all take a moment to acknowledge what now has to be done in order to continue our lives and journey with Windows.
What is happening to Windows 7?
Do you need a tissue to wipe away your tears after that touching eulogy? If so, I totally understand. Many people are very “upset” at the end of life for Windows 7. For those of you who are wondering why this article begins with a eulogy, I’ll tell you. Microsoft released a statement announcing the end of support for Windows 7.
The following statement is from Microsoft regarding the end of support:
“Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. This 10-year period has now ended, and Microsoft has discontinued Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.
The specific end of support day for Windows 7 was January 14, 2020. Technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.”
What this means is that on January 14th, 2020, Microsoft officially ended all support for this version of Windows. So, naturally, many people have been in a panic for the last month or two after they received a notification on their Windows device announced the end of support.
What will happen to my Windows 7 machine?
Many users think that their machine will just up and stop working, and that is the main reason for the panic. Contrary to popular belief, Windows 7 machines will still work. Support and and things like security update will just end.
To begin, when a device no longer receives updates, the machine becomes a vulnerability, thus putting user data at risk as well.
Further, that is why Microsoft and IT professionals alike recommend users updating to Windows 10. So, the fate of user data and security is in whether or not they decide to update or upgrade to Windows 10.
How do I Update to Windows 10?
In order to begin using Windows 10, several options exist. Once upon a time, Microsoft offered a free update to Windows 10, but that offer ended back in 2016. So, the options now are to purchase a new Windows 10 device, or purchasing the Windows 10 software update.
For example, a user can purchase a new Windows 10 machine. Their data can be transferred over to the updated device and they can access all their files, no problem. After all, it may be time for a hardware upgrade.
The other option is to see if the user has a compatible W7 machine that can handle the Windows 10 update. Not all W7 devices are compatible or capable of this.
If the device is compatible, the user can purchase and install Windows 10 other their machine. This will give the user current software, and continued updates and patches.
Upgrading isn’t as daunting as many think. IT companies like Cyber Protection Group have been helping customers upgrade to Windows 10 in the wake of the W7 end of life. It is a relatively simple task if your machine is up for it.
All in all, with the end of Windows 7, this gives many users the opportunity to step into the realm of Windows 10. It’s time to let our friend, Windows 7 go. It has had a…uh…great run? Yeah, we will go with that out of respect for the fallen. Now, let’s upgrade our devices to make sure out system receives updates and data remains secure.
By Taylor Ritchey